Burma Superstar

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California, USA, 94609

Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu includes a vegetable & tofu section. Has yellow bean tofu (soy-free). The noodle dishes can be made vegan and are marked if cannot be. Servers understand vegan diets - let them know. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm, Mon 5:00pm-9:30pm, Tue-Thu 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Beer/Wine, Take-out, Burmese, Southeast Asian, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by pepperka

Amazing Food & Knowledgable Staff - Edit

Really enjoyed the Yellow Bean Tofu Curry - I think the "tofu" is made from chickpeas. My boyfriend enjoyed his Rainbow Salad. Not much is marked vegan on the menu, but the staff was very knowledgable and knew off hand what could be made vegan. Probably about half could be veganized.

My non-vegan family members really enjoyed their food - except you probably shouldn't order "spicy" as your option! Burned my brother's face off.

For me, this was unique cuisine and certainly worth the trip. Be warned, the place is very busy and they do kind of try to "push" people through. But that means quick service! ;)

Pros: Quick service, Huge Variety, Totally delicious

Cons: Maybe 10 minute wait

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Most flavorful food of my life. - Edit

Things to order: Tea leaf salad (no shrimp), rainbow salad (no shrimp), the best soup on earth, the samusa soup and the coconut rice. I dream of these items often because I moved down to LA and away from my favorite stuff. It's not a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, which is unfortunate, but probably why I've been so many times. It's a place that all my friends and family enjoy going to because we can get veggie and non-veggie food, which is what happens in real life. Not everyone is down to go to vegan restaurants (their loss). Yes, the wait is crumby. Go down to Lane Splitters and get a pint while you wait. It's worth it!!

Pros: delicious veggie food, good drinks, inexpensive

Cons: serves meat, long waits, slightly claustraphobic space

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Meh - Edit

Took some friends here for a special treat based on Yelp reviews. I was excited to try something new. As it turned out, the vegan options are very few and overly greasy and tending to sweet dishes. It wasn't bad, but nothing special. The place was packed, people were having a good time and it was loud. No problem. The problem came toward the end of our meal, before we had an opportunity to finish our entrees or order dessert: The manager asked if we could leave soon because people were waiting for tables. Whaaat? So, yeah, I'm not going back.

Pros: Popular, good service, moderately priced

Cons: only a few vegan options, Rude management, greasy food

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yummy - Edit

We met two local friends here for lunch as it's one of their favorite places. They made a good choice! We all started with wine and cocktails along with the lotus chips. We let our friends do the ordering and we enjoyed the eggplant, pea shoots and fiery tofu along with some amazing coconut rice. The service was good and they never rushed us even though we were taking our time ordering, etc. Definitely a place to check out if you are in the neighborhood.

Pros: tasty vegan options, wine, beer and cocktails

Cons: not all vegan

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Undecided - Edit

It's hard for me to decide for sure how I felt about Burma Superstar. We went on suggestion from a few friends, some of which are vegan and some not. Be warned you'll have to wait a long time to sit, and there isn't really a good area to wait unless it's nice outside. The seating situation isn't great if, like us, you're stuck right next to the bar in front of the area where the servers are walking the whole time--like trying to eat in the middle of a crowded sidewalk or something.
We made sure to tell the server we were vegan, and didn't explain in as full detail as normal since he jumped in and said he understood perfectly. The Peashoots were really really good... honestly I still think about them fondly and this was two months ago. Oh, and the coconut rice is also really yummy. But I'm 99% positive our spicy tofu dish had fish sauce or something similar. It smelled like fish and had that too-slick feeling in my mouth. We asked the server and he said there was no fish sauce, but his expression read more along the lines of "tell them what will involve the least fixing on my part." We ate some of it, but seriously... when I opened the leftovers the smell of fish just wafted out.
My suggestion would be go for the peashoots, and be extremely precise with your server. And don't take "no" for an answer if your food tastes fishy.

Pros: peashoots!, decor, location

Cons: service, seating, price

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